Henry V: A Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition
DescriptionThe Elizabethan stage lacked scenery. The Chorus (a single speaker) apologizes for the limitations of the theatre, acknowledging that "a Muse of fire," an actual sun, would be the ideal source of theatrical power, and that real princes and a real kingdom are superior to actors and their small stage. The Chorus then speculates: just as an actor "plays" King Henry, King Henry would play the god of war himself, would "ssume the port of Mars."
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About the Author
James D. Mardock is Associate Professor of English and Crowley Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Nevada, Reno.
"This is an outstanding edition. Its clear, straightforward, and rich annotations make it eminently suitable for the classroom, as do the judiciously compiled appendices of historical documents (as carefully annotated as the play itself). However, it is James D. Mardock's introduction that is the real gem here: although accessible enough for an undergraduate reader, it stands as a gracefully argued, learned, and remarkably acute major piece of criticism in its own right, a genuine contribution to the scholarly debates about Henry V." -- Holger Syme, University of Toronto
"Once again the Broadview/Internet Shakespeare editors provide a wonderfully lucid and contextually rich scholarly text. The edition provides well-chosen primary sources to illustrate ideologies of warfare, English/French military practices, Salic law, and many of the interesting material references in the play. With these resources, the Broadview Henry V intelligently engages readers in the world of Shakespeare's drama. An extensive and detailed introduction is particularly thorough on the play's performance history (stage and screen) from its earliest productions to the early 21st century. The play-text itself is admirably set, with helpful glosses and restrained but useful footnotes. The whole edition is nicely balanced between a clean, clear text and a rich border of carefully curated historical information." -- Elizabeth Hodgson, University of British Columbia